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The Ghost: A Cultural History by Susan Owens - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781849766463
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Published: Tate - October 1st, 2019

The Ghost is a cultural reflection on, well, ghosts, and their role in British art and literature history, going as far back as five thousand years ago. Notable--and personal favorites --works of literature such as William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol are touched upon, and I really enjoyed the variety of interpretations that the "ghost" has gone through over the centuries. My favorite takeaway from this book is that, similar to films and television, ghosts seem to be one of the only supernatural entities to carry on in nearly any story throughout the years. In other words, they’re timeless. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


The Ghost: A Cultural History by Susan Owens - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781849766463
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Published: Tate - October 1st, 2019

Ghosts have performed a prominent part in British history since before Shakespeare’s dawn, and after dead King Hamlet begged his son’s most-eternal question, have become the country’s moral guardian. Whether ghoul or haunt, specter or fiery apparition, or even when arisen as a romantic Victorian figure, ghosts have endured, in writings, in art, and now on our TVs, adding dimension to each new generation’s spiritual environment, bringing solace, and providing perspective on what it means to remain alive and our fear for how we all shall die. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101984147
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Published: Dutton - August 16th, 2016

Truly inspirational, and dare-I-say life changing. Janice Kaplan’s account of how her New Year’s resolution to “be more grateful” has transformed her life will have you hopping up to start your very own “Gratitude Diary” before the book is even through! The radical, radiant power of gratitude is on full display in this book, and the positive effects it has on Kaplan’s relationships, mental health, and world outlook can serve as much-needed encouragement for anyone who’s down on their luck. The Gratitude Diaries is a friendly reminder that we all have something to be thankful for, and it’s about time we realized that. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


Walking: One Step At a Time by Erling Kagge - Book Review

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By Erling Kagge, Becky L. Crook (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781524747848
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Published: Pantheon - April 23rd, 2019

This book hit all the points for me, it is a testament to the human trait we are missing in our modern world. What does it mean to us, as a species, to walk? According to Kagge, it is everything. It not only is our most natural waking state, so necessary to our wellbeing, through breath and exercise, but also to our mental state, and our connection with our surroundings. It has become common knowledge that being in nature can be healing, and this book takes it even further, it is also necessary to our creative selves, as well as our stress levels, to walk alone in harmony with our world, allows our brains the space they need to create. Without this essential component, are we only existing? ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Silence: In the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge - Book Review

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By Erling Kagge, Becky L. Crook (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780525563648
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Published: Vintage - December 4th, 2018

“According to a much-referenced study, we humans are worse at concentrating than a goldfish. Humans today lose their concentration after eight seconds, while the goldfish averaged nine.” E. Kagge
What have we lost, by filling our every waking moment with a noise, a sound bite? If you go for a walk, do you put your earbuds in? When you drive, is the music on? Although, Kagge appreciates these things in themselves, at certain times, it’s the silence he really wants us to appreciate. Are we losing ourselves, by always listening to others. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


The Occult: The Ultimate Guide for Those Who Would Walk with the Gods by Colin Wilson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781780288468
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Published: Watkins Publishing - November 24th, 2015

A blazing account of occultism through the ages and the many bizarre people--Dunglas Home, Aleister Crowley and William Blake--who populated it, and the most intriguing book on the subject I've read. Wilson 's air of mystery prose style is well researched and packed with enough detail to keep you reading on through it's massive page count. But it's so juicy that by the end you'll wish there was more. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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